Ok, I admit to being remiss on my blog for quite a while now. I have no particular excuse other than I've been critically busy with work and family matters.

After 10 interesting, productive and enjoyable years in Naples, Florida, I was recruited by and joined Paradigm Radiology to be the Director of Interventional Radiology in Cincinnati, Ohio. Paradigm Radiology currently services four of the Mercy Health System hospitals located in and around the Cincinnati area: Mercy-West, Fairfield, Anderson and Clermont. Each of these hospitals is unique and presents its own challenges.

The exciting thing about a new venture such as this one is that the possibilities are endless for professional growth and building new relationships. Is it difficult to leave the long-standing relationships that I worked so hard to build? You bet. But I am equally excited to build similar new relationships here in Cincinnati. I look forward to demonstrating my skills and years of expertise and will carry those forward to this new situation. 

I am tasked with building on the existing IR framework at each hospital. The goal with any new venture is to recognize what was working, identify and add what was missing, and carefully rework what was in need of improvement.

Interventional radiology (IR, and, on Twitter, #irad) is an exciting, ever-evolving field and there are numerous areas for potential growth. Cancer care ablations, chemoembolizations and radioembolizations, venous and arterial embolizations, chemotherapy port placements and treatment of spinal compression fractures (kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty) are just some of the exciting facets of Interventional Radiology.

Cancer care is an area where IR is thriving and growing. We perform thermal ablations of cancers of the kidney, liver, bone and other sites using nothing more than skinny needles attached to a gas tank. We place the needles into the targeted cancer and then freeze or heat the mass until it dies, leaving surrounding structures intact.

Liver cancers can be treated by performing "chemoembolization," or "radioembolization," where a small tube (catheter) is placed into the artery supplying the cancer. Small particles embedded with chemotherapy drugs or radioactive particles, respectively, are then delivered, which cause the cancer to die.

We have a great team of forward-thinking, progressive-minded interventionalists who are as enthusiastic as I am. I look forward to a new era in Cincinnati, where we will help people who need the kind of specialized care that IR provides.

Interventional Radiology = Elegant Healing.